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Tigua Tribe defends its casino in court
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2002

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case to determine whether a casino owned by the Tigua Tribe of Texas can remain open.

The state of Texas has been trying to shut down Speaking Rock Casino, located in El Paso, for years. Victory seemed at hand when a federal judge ordered it shut down last November.

The tribe appealed and the appeals court agreed to let the casino stay open pending a decision. The tribe contend that the existence of a state lottery and other forms of gambling authorize its casino.

Get the Story:
Tiguas, state spar over casino in appeals court (The El Paso Times 1/10)
Speaking Rock Casino chronology (The El Paso Times 1/10)
Texas, Tiguas dissect law in casino hearing (AP 1/10)
Tiguas to cite 'legal' games a lot like slots (The El Paso Times 1/9)

Relevant Links:
Speaking Rock Casino - http://www.speakingrockcasino.com/index.html
Office of Attorney General, Texas - http://www.oag.state.tx.us

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